New Work by Michel Droge & Rob Lash

On view at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine September 2-24, 2011, opening Friday, September 2nd from 5-8pm.

New work by painter Michel Droge of Portland paired with sculpture by Robert Lash of Gardiner.

From 2011 Sept Droge & Lash – kinetic sculpture videos
From 2011 Sept Droge & Lash – kinetic sculpture videos
From 2011 Sept Droge & Lash – kinetic sculpture videos

Michel Droge

Michel Droge received her BA  from Oberlin College, studied Graphic Design at Cooper Union and received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from of Mane College of Art. She received the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA award in 2010, The Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant in 2011, and was included in the Boston Young Contemporaries Exhibition at Boston University in 2010.

Droge’s paintings and drawings explore the poetics of environmental engagement and conjure unconscious realms where the boundaries between reality and abstraction are blurred. Her work is exhibited in New York City, Portland, Maine and Upstate New York. She is currently represented in Portland by Aucocisco Galleries.

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Rob Lash

Robert Lash started with a mechanical and engineering background, and found his true vocation as a Sculptor in 1994. He is primarily self-taught in ceramics and sculpture, following a path of learning which included both traditional and non-traditional forms of study including: Alfred State College, University of Maine at Orono, as well as independent study with many respected artists throughout the country.

Robert has exhibited his work extensively throughout the Eastern United States, and his work is represented in numerous private collections nationwide. His most recent body of work focuses on forms made of repurposed industrial steel.  Learn more by visiting his website:


“Industrial Evolution”

I continue to be interested in working with Industrial Parts that have served their purpose and have been replaced with new parts and technology. These old parts have an incredible amount of time, energy and resources in their creation; because of wear, they no longer function in their intended use. I find these forms to be inherently sculptural and to have a potent visual as well as cultural voice.
Many of these industrial parts functioned while in motion. I enjoy creating new forms from these parts that utilize that motion. From rotation to linear back and forth, and up and down, these motions engage the viewer and invite interaction.

The relation from one form to another when in motion is one of change and transition. These sculptures give new life to discarded objects that respect their history, material and form.